Coldwater wins 4th straight title
COLUMBUS (AP) — Coldwater won its fourth consecutive state championship Friday with a 35-18 win over Canton Central Catholic in the Division V final.
The Cavaliers never trailed, scoring touchdowns on their first two possessions of each half to finish off a 15-0 season.
Senior quarterback Jack Hemmelgarn completed 18-of-27 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns, both to classmate Aaron Harlamert, who had seven catches for 142 yards.
Kyle McKibben had two interceptions for the Cavaliers defense, which allowed 44 points in five postseason games.
Kraig Schoenherr scored two touchdowns on the ground for Coldwater, which has collected six state titles in the past 11 years.
John Colangelo scored on a 74-yard screen pass in the third quarter for Canton Central Catholic (11-4).
The Cavaliers beat the Crusaders in the title game for the second year in a row.
Marion Local 20
COLUMBUS (AP) — Kirtland running back Joey Bates rushed for 206 yards and a late touchdown to help the Hornets rally past four-time defending champion Maria Stein Marion Local 22-20 in the Division VI state final on Friday.
Bates went 57 yards with 2:08 left to give the Hornets (14-1) a 20-13 lead and quarterback Owen Lewis passed to Evan Madden for a 2-point conversion.
Marion Local scored with 1:22 remaining on an 11-yard pass from Cole Griesdorn to Hunter Wilker, but the Flyers did not recover an onside kick.
Lewis’ sneak with four minutes left rallied the Hornets from a 13-0 first-quarter deficit to give Kirtland a 14-13 advantage.
Kirtland (14-1) also won titles in 2011 and 2013.
Marion Local (13-2) had a state-record 24-game playoff win streak snapped. Its previous two titles came in Division VII.
Fort Recovery 33,
COLUMBUS(AP) — Caleb Martin threw for 385 yards and five touchdowns to lead Fort Recovery to a 33-14 victory over Mogadore in the Division VII state championship game Friday at Ohio Stadium.
The Indians (13-2) never trailed in winning their first state title.
After Will Homan intercepted a Mogadore pass on the first drive of the game, Martin hooked up with Darien Sheffer for a 15-yard score less than two minutes into the contest.
He threw three more touchdown passes before the end of the first half, a 75-yarder to Brandon Schoen and pair to Tanner Koch (8 and 10 yards).
Jarad Dunn caught six passes for 120 yards and a touchdown for Mogadore (13-2), which lost for the fifth time in eight state championship game appearances.
CIN. La SALLE 42,
Massillon Perry 0
COLUMBUS (AP) — Jeremy Larkin scored two touchdowns, helping Cincinnati La Salle defend its Division II state championship with a 42-0 win over Massillon Perry.
The Lancers (13-2) scored first when offensive lineman Luke Doerger recovered Jarell White’s fumble in the end zone on fourth-and-goal at the 8:24 mark of the first quarter of the Friday night contest at Ohio Stadium.
Larkin scored his first touchdown on a 7-yard run late in the first quarter, then added a 10-yard scoring scamper with 8:29 to go in the second quarter. He finished with 62 yards rushing and 57 yards receiving.
Keishaun Sims, who was named Ohio’s Mr. Football earlier in the week, ran for 117 yards for the Panthers (12-3).
St. Edward 45,
COLUMBUS (AP) — Cole Gest ran for a 5-yard touchdown with 1:19 to play to put Lakewood St. Edward ahead and rushed for 51 yards 12 seconds later as the Eagles defeated Huber Heights Wayne 45-35, earning their second straight Division I title.
The Eagles (14-1) won their third championship since 2010, beating Wayne each time. They won 31-21 last year. Wayne (13-1) was runner-up for the fourth time.
After the first Gest TD, St. Edward recovered an onside kick, and Gest scored on the first play.
St. Edward quarterback Jimmy Keefe passed for 419 yards, tying the Division I title game record.
Wayne trailed 31-14 with 10:43 to play but scored three touchdowns in a 3:28 span, capped by a 1-yard run by Matt Wilcox to go ahead 35-31 with 3:47 left.
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